How to get a free shirt at Disney World: wear a bikini top to the park

Originally published at: How to get a free shirt at Disney World: wear a bikini top to the park | Boing Boing

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They’re just as likely to flatly refuse you entry. Disney has no sense of humor for violations of their dress code.

Had a friend who got thrown out of Disneyland for taking off his shirt and dancing to the parade. He HAD a shirt, they could have just told him to put it on, but they escorted him out instead.

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Pretty much what i was going to say, they’ve denied entry to people for less and they aren’t beholden to anyone to let you in. It’s a private business and they can refuse anyone. Also they’re likely to catch on to this “hack” quick and also doing this for a free shirt seems like a douchebag move, you want a cheap Disney shirt? Go thrifting.

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A friend of a friend was allowed to turn his “I didn’t say she was crazy…” t shirt inside out.

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Yeah, they basically just ruined this for people who genuinely were unaware and didn’t prepare for the day, which would very likely be families with kids in tow. Mrs Peas and I are always forgetting little items for ourselves, but the kids have items for every conceivable contingency packed.

This is probably an unwritten policy that managers and entry staff can use when it’s clear someone is unprepared. Now it will be a written policy with no wiggle room.

Also, “free” is a relative term:

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Can you wear a Little Mermaid shirt?

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Surprisingly, nobody in this thread yet:

  • Disney World is a soulless, monopolistic, capitalist nightmare
  • Go to X theme park instead, it’s way cooler
  • I don’t even own a TV

It has a “Broken Windows” feel to it. If they have done some research to back up these sorts of draconian policies, I would be curious to see it. I would wager if such research exists, it is a comparison between Disney and Six Flags (the latter of which is rather lax in comparison).

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Aside from paying too much, there isn’t really any difficulty with purchasing clothes immediately adjacent to Disney park entrances. I was under the impression that people could go from Typhoon Lagoon etc. to Epcot for example on the multi-park ticket and just take the monorail from one to the other. Presumably Disney knows how to manage this reasonably well.

Some of the policy is just going to be Disney getting you to spend money in a place like this:

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Some of the policies make objective sense; for example no floor-length gowns, capes, etc. because they’re a safety hazard on rides. But the whole " your outfit must be family friendly" is just a subjective judgement call that is going to be applied to POC or overweight people disproportionately. Because those sorts of policies always are.

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-Neil Gaimon, American Gods

The difference in feel between Disney World and Disneyland is weird that way.

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Wait until Tucker Carlson gets ahold of this!

“Why would anyone buy a shirt if Disney just gives them away for free? Are we OK with this? What are we teaching our kids? What do I tell my kids when they ask for a shirt but I spent all my money on concessions and can’t get a free T-shirt because I played by the rules and wore my own shirt to the park? Is this the end of America?”

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Won’t someone please think of the corporations!?

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And of course $109/day is pretty much just the beginning.

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Didn’t they actually have a no cosplay rule? Maybe just for adults, but there was something like that.

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I continue to be confused by the backward image in tiktok videos. I know that the screen is mirrored on the front facing camera, but the output is not. Why would they do this?

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I think you’re right, although that may only apply to Disney/Star Wars/Marvel/Lovecraft/Tom of Finland characters.

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Yeah I think they said they didn’t want people to be confused with the real Disney cast members.

edit: for good reason, see below

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It kind of makes sense. If a little kid gets lost and sees Cinderella in Disneyland, they can go up to her and ask for help. If there were adults cosplaying, that might not be safe. There’s a whole bunch of reasons why you would want to be able to identify legitimate employees.

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? Yeah but, more Cinderellas means more chances for help, right?

/kidding, that’s a good point

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The official rules is “no costumes” if you’re older than 13. But people get around this in various ways like Disneybounding. Also the rules are apparently slightly different in Star Wars land, where you can basically dress as an extra from Star Wars, as long as you don’t wear like… full stormtrooper gear or a long jedi robe. (I used to go to Disneyland a lot, but I have not been to Star Wars land)

Edit: Also, if you wear a tiara they will address you as “princess” even if you’re a podgy 40 year old woman :sweat_smile:

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